The Residential Education staff is composed of undergraduate Resident Assistants, professional (non-student) live-in Area Coordinators, an Assistant Director of Residential Education and a Director of Residential Education.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are undergraduate students who act as peer advisers, resources and programmers to students in the residence halls. Their primary responsibility is getting to know the students they live with and helping them to make the most of their Colby-Sawyer experience. They are knowledgeable about the college and campus resources, and they can answer questions and help to resolve room and floor issues.
Resident Assistants are selected each spring for the following academic year. Students who wish to become RAs must be committed to providing students with the tools they need to experience personal growth and to create a sense of community with fellow students. Most important, they must be able to take an individual interest in each student with whom they work.
For more information about becoming an RA or applying for a position, please contact Karin Berthiaume, assistant director of Residential Education.
The Area Coordinators (AC) are live-in professionals who plays a critical role in the lives of students in the residence halls. The ACs are members of the Student Development team and report to the Director of Residential Education.
In addition to collaborating with other members of the Student Development staff, faculty and students, the ACs work with the RAs to provide a supportive environment where students can live and learn.
Area Coordinator Michael Brown is responsible for Austin, Burpee, Danforth, Rooke and Shepard Halls as well as the college-owned houses.
Area Coordinator Jocelyn Howard is responsible for Abbey, Best, Colby, Lawson and Page Halls.
The Director of Residential Education, Mary McLaughlin, is responsible for all aspects of residence hall management and for the evolution of a developmental residential program. She supervises the ACs and provides leadership for residential programming, crisis management, housing assignments, facilities management and responsiveness to students.
Assistant Director Karin Berthiaume assists in the management of the Residential Education program. She also coordinates room changes, RA selection, summer housing and damage billing.